Syracuse schools' medical dir. investigated

Dr. Richard Kulak

Court documents obtained by show the investigation into Dr. Richard Kulak began in May 2009. It started with reports the doctor was involved in a illegal sexual relationship with a child as young as 14.

*WARNING* Some of the content in the court documents could be considered 'graphic' in nature.

As part of the inquiry, State Police obtained cellular telephone text messages between Kulak and the minor. Included in those texts was an invitation by Kulak to watch the "gay Yuletide movie" together, and an offer by the defendant to the minor to send him "porn" and numerous references from the defendant to the minor to masterbation, mutual masterbation and the imagining of of past sexual experiences the minor may have had.

Dr. Kulak is charged with Felony disseminating indecent material to a minor and Misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.

Investigators tell CNY Central that they have received 10-15 tips calls today regarding the Kulak case. Authorities are looking for anyone with information to call State Police.

Kulak is scheduled to be in Cicero Town Court at 6:00 p.m. on March 9.

The Medical Director for the Syracuse City School District has been arrested and placed on administrative leave from his position with North Medical Family Practice.

New York State Police are investigating Dr. Richard Kulak and interviewed him at the North Syracuse State Police barracks Tuesday afternoon.

State Police issued a news release Tuesday evening, saying "On February 23, 2010, State Police North Syracuse arrested Richard P. Kulak, age 39 of 8876 Maple Dr. Cicero NY. Kulak was charged with Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors in the first degree, a class D Felony and for Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a Class A Misdemeanor. Kulak was arraigned in the Town of Cicero Court and released on his own recognizance. The investigation is continuing."

Syracuse School District spokesman Michael Hennessy tells CNY Central that Dr. Kulak did not have any contact with kids in his job with the school district. Hennessy says Kulak supervised the district's medical department and was responsible for new employee physicals, but he was not in the school buildings on a regular basis.

The district also issued a statement Tuesday afternoon, which reads:

We have been advised that Dr. Richard Kulak has been arrested and charged with crimes relating to the dissemination of indecent material in the first degree and endangerment of a minor. Dr. Kulak is the part-time Medical Director for Health Services employed by the District. The information we have received indicates that the alleged crimes occurred outside of school and does not involve Syracuse City School District students or Dr. Kulak TMs activities as medical director. The District learned of the circumstances surrounding this matter late last week and has been cooperating with the investigation that has been undertaken by the Onondaga County District Attorney TMs office.

As we understand it, the charges, although very serious in nature, are accusations at this point, and under the law, Dr. Kulak, like all citizens, is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty. We intend to take all steps necessary to respect Dr. Kulak TMs rights while, at the same time, taking all prudent steps to ensure the welfare of our students.

Dr. Kulak has been placed on administrative leave and will not be allowed on any District premises while the matter is proceeding. The District will also be undertaking its own investigation as to Dr. Kulak TMs employment status. As we receive further information relative to this ongoing police matter which can be shared with others, I will do so. Otherwise, we will not make any comments or observations of a speculative manner in regards to this matter.

North Medical issued its own statement Tuesday afternoon:

North Medical, P.C. (NMPC) placed Richard Kulak, D.O. on administrative leave following an internal inquiry into allegations of professional misconduct not associated with patient care at NMPC. Dr. Kulak will remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of any further investigation. North Medical, P.C. is moving swiftly to transition Dr. Kulak's patients to another provider within the practice and to minimize any impact this change may have on them.

"The safety and comfort of our patients is always our first priority and our staff is working to ensure Dr. Kulak's patients receive the continuity of care they have come to expect," said Derrick Murry, chief operations officer.

North Medical, P.C. is cooperating fully with the authorities and will conduct its own internal review as warranted by the circumstances.

Check back with CNY Central for more information on this story as it develops.